October 1999 Issue

The Internet Writing Journal
ISSN No. 1095-3973
Volume 3, Issue 8.

In This Issue:

A Conversation with Sue Grafton
Don't miss our exclusive interview with #1 New York Times bestselling mystery author Sue Grafton, author of the immensly popular and award-winning mystery series starring private investigator Kinsey Millhone. Sue talks with us about the latest entry in the series, O is for Outlaw, her decision to finally reveal more about Kinsey's past than readers have ever known before, what she learned during her years writing for Hollywood and gives insight into her special muse she calls her Shadow.

Talking Mystery With Lawrence Block
A Mystery Writers of America Grandmaster and the winner of three Edgar and four Shamus awards, bestselling novelist Lawrence Block writes mysteries for every taste. The creator of Urban Lonely Guy hitman Keller, gentleman burglar Bernie Rhodenbarr, adventurous spy Evan Tanner and the hardboiled private eye, Matt Scudder, Block has legions of fans who eagerly await his next book. He also has several writing books to his credit. Listen in as Larry talks with us about his mega-book tour (60+ cities) and his latest books, and gives some great advice to writers about crafting a story.

Talking Horror with Ellen Datlow
Fantasy, SF and Horror lovers won't want to miss our chat with industry insider Ellen Datlow, the former Senior Editor of OMNI and OMNI Internet, and the current Editor of Event Horizon: Science Fiction, Fantasy, and Horror, a webzine founded September, 1998, by the four creators/editors of Omni Internet. Ellen also edits the annual anthology, The Year's Best Fantasy and Horror Collection. A Consulting Editor for Tor, she has won five World Fantasy Awards. Ellen talks with us about changes in the industry, what kinds of stories attract her as an editor and as a reviewer, and gives us her picks for the scariest stories ever. (Hint: Any story Ellen Datlow thinks is scary should be quickly scooped up for reading by aspiring horror writers).

More Help for Aspiring Songwriters
In her article, "Do-It-Yourself Music Publishing - Part V," nationally syndicated radio talk show host, songwriter and CEO of CQK Music & Records Mary Dawson continues her ongoing series for beginning songwriters. In Part V, Mary inspires you to keep writing songs and tells you how hard work, short range goals and perservance can bring you luck in the music business.

The Business of Writing
Are you familiar with contracts, agreements, negotiations and the rights you have when you create a short story or an article? Don't miss this article from the new 2000 Writer's Market (Writer's Digest Books) for top-notch advice on copyright issues, taxes and other information you must know about the business of writing.

Book Reviews

Children's Books

The Bad Beginning: A Series of Unfortunate Events by Lemony Snicket
The Halloween Play by Felicia Bond.
Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban by J.K. Rowling, Illustrated by Mary Grandpre.
Nightmare Hour by R.L. Stine.
On Halloween by Lark Carrier.
The Teeny, Tiny Ghost by Kay Winters, Illustrated by Lynn Munsinger.
Vanishing by Bruce Brooks.

Computers/Web Design

The Complete Idiot's Guide to Online Marketing by Bill Eager and Cathy McCall.
Pure Visual Basic by Dan Fox.
Sams Teach Yourself Java 2 Online by Steve Gilbert and Bill McCarthy.


Ancients of Days by Paul J. McAuley.
Aramaya by Jane Routley.
The Changeling War by Peter Garrison.
Child of the River by Paul J. McAuley.
Daughters of Bast: The Hidden Land by Sarah Isidore.
The Heart of a Witch by Judith Hawkes.
The Stone and the Maiden by Dennis Jones.


Adam and Evil by Gillian Roberts.
Bloodstream by Tess Gerritsen.
Blue Lonesome by Bill Pronzini.
Hit Man by Lawrence Block.
Messiah by Boris Starling.
O is for Outlaw by Sue Grafton.
The Skull Mantra by Eliot Pattison.
The Subtle Serpent by Peter Tremayne.
Trouble Comes Back by Keith Snyder.


DK Ultimate Vegetarian Coookbook by Paul Gayler.
First Meals by Annabel Karmel.
Gender Sell by Judith C. Tingley, Ph.D., & Lee E. Robert.
How Babies Talk: The Magic and Mystery of Language in the First Three Years of Life by Roberta Michnick Golinkoff, Ph.D. and Kathy Hirsh-Pasek, Ph.D.
Me: Five Years From Now: The Life-Planning Book You Write Yourself by Sheree Bykofsky.
The Morgan Stanley Dead Witter Guide to Personal Investing by Robert M. Gardner.
New Astronomer by Carole Strott.
Regional Foods of Southern Italy by Marlena De Blasi.


Body & Soul by Jennifer Archer.
Heart of the Dove by Tracy Fobes.
Lone Star by Evelyn Rogers.
Scottish Brides by Christina Dood, Stephanie Laurens, Julia Quinn and Karen Ranney.


The Screenwriter's Legal Guide by Stephen F. Breimer, Esq..
Writing in Flow by Susan K. Perry, Ph.D..
Writing.com by Moira Anderson Allen.

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